By Nuel Suji – Chairman of the senate committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dino Melaye has revealed how the plots of land where 572 housing units were demolished were shared among senators and members of House of Representatives of the 7th National Assembly, vowing to fight what he described as injustice.
Melaye, who is representing Kogi West senatorial district of Kogi state, disclosed further that 372 Housing Units along the Airport road Abuja were built on the land before it was demolished in 2012 by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).
Melaye (APC) was appointed senate chairman, FCT committee of the 8th Assembly after defeating, Smart Adeyemi (PDP), his main rival who incidentally was the immediate past chairman of the senate committee in the 7th Assembly.
He made the disclosure during the hearing of a petition written by Falana & Falana Chambers on behalf of Minanuel investment limited, forwarded to the committee.
The petitioner, Mbaka told the committee that he has obtained a court judgement the declared the revocation order and the consequent demolition null and void.
Melaye said Tuesday that preliminary investigations by his Committee had revealed the plots of land were reallocated to Senators and Reps who served in the 7th National Assembly.
According to him, it was unfortunate that members of the FCT committees of both chambers in the last National Assembly were beneficiaries of such plots.
“Our findings have shown that the plots of land were reallocated to members of the FCT Committees at both the Senate and House of Representatives in the last Assembly. It is unfortunate that the members of the committee became the beneficiaries of the plots.
“You destroyed the 572 houses and allocated it to Senators and Reps. This is not acceptable, we will investigate it and we will order the revocation of the lands. The Senators act is criminal and absurd,” he said.
The Director of Lands in the FCDA, Mainasara Babayo told the committee that the plots had been reallocated. He however didn’t mention the names of the beneficiaries.
Earlier while speaking on behalf of the petitioners, Barrister Sam Ogala of Falana & Falana Chambers said the 572 housing units were completed before the FCDA demolished it.
The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) had in 2012 demolished the housing units situated along Abuja Airport belonging to minnanuel investment limited.